Firm raises £21k for Air Ambulance NI

A Co Armagh firm has raised a whopping £21,000 for the Air Ambulance NI.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 4:50 pm

Bassetts, a bathroom, tiling and heating store, raised the money for the Air Ambulance NI as their dedicated charity partner.

Staff at the firm, which has 16 branches across NI, worked towards bringing support to the charity through initiatives such as coffee mornings, payroll giving and several other planned fundraising events over two years.

Air Ambulance NI, a partner of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), exists to provide the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for Northern Ireland. Accidents and emergencies can occur anywhere and at any time.

Pictured, L-R. Joe Thornburry, Stephen Reid, Brenda Hall, Lois Hillen (Bassetts) Colleen Milligan (AANI).

According to their statistics there is at least one desperate individual every day on average who requires Air Ambulance NI’s service.

Commenting on Bassetts’ charity partner, MD, Alan Wright said: “Air Ambulance NI provides an essential service that helps people right across Northern Ireland and has saved lives thanks to its highly responsive ability to access people in need quickly and efficiently.

“The team there do an amazing job, and fundraising is vital for the organisation to continue to deliver this much needed service. The charity committee at Bassetts worked hard to generate funds throughout a challenging year and created fantastic initiatives during the pandemic to achieve this total.”

Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising at Air Ambulance NI, said: “£2million is needed in fundraising every year to keep the Air Ambulance flying and the medical team treating trauma patients. This includes funds from community events, Club AANI members, gifts in wills and partnerships with local businesses. We rely heavily on the support from businesses and we are thrilled with their final total. Every donation could save a life.”

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